Pregnancy + Nausea = EW!
Hi there Momma! How are you feeling today?! I’ve had quit a few clients tell me their nausea is getting the best of them. Ew. Being pregnant + being nauseous just plain sucks! I know they say morning sickness is a sign of a healthy pregnancy … but really?!!
With each pregnancy my nausea / morning sickness got worse. And just when I thought it couldn’t get worse … it did. When I was pregnant with our third, I remember getting our oldest two up, making the quickest breakfast I could, put on cartoons, and I was right back in the bathroom. Ugh. It was awful. Nausea was taking over my life. I couldn’t even ride in a car! So I start researching and experimenting with different foods, scents and oils that would help. Some worked … some didn’t. But I wanted to put together a list of the ones that did help me in hopes one (or some!) could help you as well!
- Ginger. I have never liked the smell or taste. But I still remember the day I was standing in the T. J. Maxx check out line and thinking to myself “oh gosh, I am going to puke.” There was a bag of ginger chews right in front of me and I ripped it open. I sucked on a small piece and before I knew it, my nausea was gone. If you’re like me and not a fan of ginger, try starting out with a small piece. You can also try ginger tea. Get raw ginger from the store, brew some hot water, add a slice or two and let is steep for a few minutes. Just make sure to remove the ginger when you drink! Ginger ale will work as well.
- Peppermint! This was my go to! I kept a small bottle of peppermint oil on my at all times … seriously! Try rubbing 2 – 3 drops of the back of your neck or on the roof of your mouth. This also works almost instantly for headaches and migraines as well! Starlight mints work wonders as well. Between these and sour patch kids, my pockets were always full!
- Sour foods. For me lemons, sour patch kids and Preggie Pop Drops worked best! For most of us our nausea is worse in the morning. When I taught my 6am boot camp classes, I kept sour patch kids in my pocket and popped one whenever I felt sick. Preggie pops were great to have on hand throughout the day, and to switch up the taste! I drank hot water with a lemon slice at night before bed. Hot lemon water is also good for digestion 😉
- Banana’s. Believe it or not, they have a soothing effect on the stomach and digestive tract, and they can help keep nausea away. Try it in a smoothie :: add 1 cup of ice-cold water and blend. This is also an easy way to sneak a piece of ginger in!
- Watermelon has a high water content and the fruit sugars can help to alleviate nausea as well as dehydration. The mineral contents can also help in alleviating muscle cramps. My summers go – to was a Watermelon Ginger Mocktail :: Watermelon Chunks (often frozen), 1/2 lemon juiced, 1 cup ice cold water, a small slice of ginger … put together in a food processor and ta-da … a frozen preggo mocktail.
- Working out … I’m serious! Light to moderate exercise is recommended by most doctors during pregnancy. Keep your exercise routine 30 – 40 minutes long, light lifting, and try to stay around or under 140 bpm. Going for a walk and getting some fresh air is always good too … and may allow you some “me time”! **ALWAYS seek advice from your doctor before performing any exercise while pregnant.**
Some other nausea remedies that I have heard and read about, but have not tried as they were not out when I was pregnant are:
- Sea-Band Mama Wrist Bands. It is a drug – free acupressure wrist band.
- Morning Sickness Spray by Pink Stork. It is a fast acting mist that offers on-the-spot treatment and quickly absorbs into the skin. They say a few sprays on the wrist or feet and a light message is all it takes for almost instant results!
Has anyone ever tried either of these products? I would love to hear about your experience with either or both of them!
Have you tried something else that helped relieve your morning sickness or nausea? I would love to hear what worked, or didn’t work, for you 🙂